Candidate 2018 profile: Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels

ELLIS COUNTY — Learn more about Charlie Daniels in his own words as he runs for Ellis County Sheriff in the 2018 Republican primary.

Election day voting will be held on March 6, 2018 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click here for a list of election day polling locations. Early voting will take place February 20, 2018 through March 2, 2018. Click here for a list of early voting locations and times.

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Charlie Daniels questionnaire responses

1) What is your current age?


2) What is your city of residence?


3) How many years have you lived in Ellis County?


4) Tell us a little about your family.

raised by my Mom

5) Describe your education.

College graduate

6) What public office experience do you have?

President board Ovilla development

7) What is your occupation?


8) Describe your church and civic involvement.

Lighthouse Church of God in Christ

9) Please provide a biographical narrative.

*Candidate did not provide a response.*

10) What motivated your interest in running for Sheriff in Ellis County?

Service to Community

11) Briefly and succinctly define the job responsibilities of the office you are seeking.

*Candidate did not provide a response.*

12) What qualifications and professional experiences do you possess that are applicable to law enforcement responsibilities the position you are seeking requires? Be specific.

Public information Officer City of Dallas etc

13) What qualifications do you possess that will enable you to manage a budget of over $9 million for the Sheriff’s Office and over $11 million for jail operations? Be specific.

Revenue & Business Systems budget

14) Identify some areas in the sheriff’s department budget where money could be cut and others where more funding is needed.

No cuts needed, future budget increase for salaries& Jail operations

15) How has your education and professional experience prepared you for this office?

Business Major , Collections Activities & 20 years law enforcement

16) Have you declared bankruptcy or have had any liens placed upon you in the past 10 years? If so, please explain.

Heck No.

17) What distinguishes you from your opponent(s)?

Don’t know the opponent, nice guy

18) Is there any additional training that you plan to seek to assist you in the duties of Sheriff?

technical training, education, Mental health awareness

19) How do you rate the current functioning of the Sheriff’s Office? What’s good? What’s not so good and needs improvement?

All good at this time, need more info to make an informed answer

20) What are the three greatest challenges facing Ellis County related to the position you are seeking? If elected, what measures would you propose to resolve them?

Moral, training, future and generational changes

21) If elected, what are your top three priorities? How will you work with other elected officials and county staff to achieve them? Be specific.

Take care of the employees, work with County Judge& Commissioners Court

22) If elected, what is the number one change you hope to overcome in the Sheriff’s Office or jail? Please explain.

*Candidate did not provide a response.*

23) What in your record as a public official or other experience demonstrates your ability to be effective on the issues you’ve identified? Please be as specific as possible in relating past accomplishments to current goals.

Handling employees complaints and advising one City Manager on Employees affairs

24) What will happen to the current staff if you are elected Sheriff? Will there be sweeping changes, or will you retain people in leadership? Please explain.

No answer, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it

25) What is the appropriate budget size for the Sheriff’s Office and why should the current budget be cut, remain the same or increased?

Due increases in population and cost of living , budgets cannot remain stagnant.

26) What is the appropriate budget size for the jail and why should the current budget be cut, remain the same or increased? Please explain.

About 11-12 million

27) Technology is constantly changing and advancing; what technological advances would you like to introduce to the Ellis County Sheriff's Department?

Keep abreast with all technology and innovations, it is a must.

28) Do you support body cameras for Sheriff’s Deputies? Please explain.

Yes in this electronic age, for protection of The Officer and The Public

29) If elected, what will you do to ensure accountability from your employees?

Training and supervision

30) In 2013, some Ellis County elected officials were actively and aggressively looking into the possibility of privatizing jail operations at the Wayne McCollum Detention Center before the idea was rejected. What is your position on privatizing the county jail and what actions would you take to fulfill that position?

Would have to evaluate

31) What resources will you use to address the mentally ill population in custody and charged with criminal offenses? What steps do you plan with mental health and alcohol and other drug abuse services?

*Candidate did not provide a response.*

32) When you suspect a newly admitted inmate is an undocumented immigrant, do you feel the need to report it to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement?

Of course

33) What is your position on using inmates for labor? Please explain.

It has been a practice and helps the public and the inmates normally are trustees.

34) In your opinion, what are the most important qualities that a Sheriff needs to have?

Honesty, Empathy, Patience, understanding of Economics, Jail Standards and Practices

35) Where do you believe a citizen's rights come from?

*Candidate did not provide a response.*

36) How will you defend the right of citizens to carry firearms, as defined in the Constitution of the United States of America, and the Constitution of the State of Texas?

The 2nd amendment guarantees the right and I believe in the Constitution of The United States

37) What is your opinion on asset forfeiture for individuals who have not been found guilty in a court of law?

I believe it is up to the Court, Judicial process must be completed, due process

38) Federal, state and local laws sometimes conflict with the original intent of the Constitution of the United States of America. If elected, how do you plan to enforce laws which may conflict with the Constitution of the United States of America?

The Constitution stands, laws must be obeyed

39) How can the office of Sheriff best serve the citizens of the county?

Honesty, disclosure

40) What is your opinion on local law enforcement agencies employing military style training, equipment and tactics?

*Candidate did not provide a response.*

41) If elected, how will you foster an environment that ensures fair treatment of all people that are served by the Ellis County Sheriff's Office? Please provide an example.

Thru Employee meetings, the Ivory tower concept does not work.

42) If elected, how would you reach out and form relationships with residents of Ellis County and how would you reach out to those residents in the outlying areas of the county?

Going to Churches, meetings, Public information, Radio, media etc

43) If elected, what are the factors on which you will base your decisions as Sheriff?

Law, advisors, grace.

44) Why should voters choose you?

I believe every Voter should pray for guidance and then vote.